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USCG and good Samaritan boat helps transport vessel taking on water

Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile HC-144 Ocean Sentry. USCG Gulf of Mexico
A Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile HC-144 Ocean Sentry.
ATC Mobile is a multi-mission unit, acting as the Coast Guard’s aviation and capabilities development center, as well as an operational air station.
Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Giles.

NEW ORLEANS — The USCG and a good Samaritan vessel helped to establish communications, dewater, and escort a fishing vessel that was taking on water with three people aboard in the Gulf of Mexico, Thursday.

Watchstanders at the Eighth Coast Guard District received an Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon activation alert at 8:49 a.m. that correlated with broken radio communications received at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans, Thursday.

The fishing vessel Pleiades, carrying three people, was taking on water 35 nautical miles south of Timbalier Island, Louisiana.

Sector New Orleans watchstanders were unable to communicate with the people aboard the Pleiades due to distance and heavy weather. The watchstanders immediately issued an urgent marine information broadcast, asking nearby boaters to help and had the HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft to assist with locating and establishing communications. The good Samaritan offshore supply vessel Brad Dartez responded and assisted with radio communications.

USCG Gulf of Mexico, Rescue Swimmers from Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter
Archive image: two rescue swimmers from a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Adrian Diel.

Crews from Air Station New Orleans, Aviation Training Center Mobile, Alabama, and Station Grand Isle, Louisiana, assisted by providing an engineer, a rescue swimmer and three dewatering pumps.

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew from Station Grand Isle, as well as the good Samaritan vessel, escorted the Pleiades back to Port Fourchon, Louisiana.

«Due to the heavy weather and the vessel’s location far offshore, it was difficult to communicate with the crew,» said Petty Officer 2nd Class Anthony Abbate, the officer of the day at Station Grand Isle. «This rescue highlights the importance of carrying a properly registered EPIRB, which provides rescuers critical information needed to respond quickly in the event of an emergency.»

Involved in this case are:

  • Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station New Orleans
  • Watchstanders at the Eighth Coast Guard District
  • Watchstanders at Station Grand Isle
  • Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin aircrew
  • Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew
  • A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew from Station Grand Isle
  • Coast Guard Cutter Sailfish crew
  • A good Samaritan vessel

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